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Planting the seed directly into the pot or the ground where we plan to grow is another option for germinating the seed. Let’s have a look at what is usually done wrong in this case, leading to the cannabis seeds failing to germinate.

Germinating the seed is the first step in any cannabis grow. It is the process during which the seed begins to develop, and the radicle emerges. There are several methods of germination and there are a number of common mistakes made in each of them, which can be easily avoided.

And please, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you have about cannabis seed germination.


Here we explain what not to do during germination in each case, and we tell you that the method recommended by Dinafem Seeds is germination in Jiffy, as it is the simplest and has the lowest error rate.

If you have made other mistakes not described in this post, please share these in the comments section. The growing experiences of some are usually useful to others.

Jiffies are dehydrated peat discs, pressed into a biodegradable mesh which, when moistened, become tiny sacks of earth. Water is usually applied so that the wet discs swell and become mini containers of substrate where you can plant the cannabis seed so that it germinates inside the peat. What could go wrong with this method so that we don’t get to see the seedling emerging from the Jiffy?

This method consists of putting the seed in a container with warm water and waiting for it to germinate in the days following immersion.

Small populations of galvanised burr have been recorded in South Australia from areas east and south of Port Pirie, but extensive populations have never developed. Similar populations have been recorded in areas of the Northern Territory around Alice Springs.

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Young galvanised burr plants will die when the basal buds are removed. The basal buds are the growth points from where the branches emerge. The basal buds appear at about six weeks after germination. Although the spines appear at the same time they are quite soft, and sheep are able to graze the young plants. Correctly timed heavy grazing of seedlings (down to 3 mm in height) removes the basal buds from the majority of seedlings and kills them.

The spines and burrs are a considerable nuisance to shearers, stock and working dogs. At times when shearers are in high demand, they may choose to avoid shearing where sheep are carrying large numbers of burrs. Dense infestations also impede stock movement and block cultivation machinery.

The Great Dividing Range forms a barrier to eastern spread as galvanised burr requires mild winter temperatures. Its need for a fairly even seasonal spread of rainfall reduces its southerly spread into dry temperate areas and its northerly movement into the tropics. Slow initial growth rates of seedlings and slow root growth prevent permanent establishment of galvanised burr in arid areas where rainfall events are irregular and unreliable.